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Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-OMEGA Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 4)

By Chad Sebring from Oct 15, 2018 @ 10:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Corsair

Inside the SPEC-OMEGA

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There is a tab at the top, and three on either side, which once released will allow the front bezel to come off, but be mindful of the cable at the bottom which powers the light bar. The front I/O panel stays with the chassis, and we can see that single 120mm LED fan sitting at the bottom.

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The inside of the chassis is wide open except for the HDD cage at the bottom. We do wish there was a PSU cover to help clean things up, but the layout looks promising.

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The front of the chassis has room for three 120mm fans in total and can accommodate a pair of 140mm fans as well. The HDD cage is set back to allow room for radiators here, and all of the wires can go through a couple of holes without grommets, to be tended to behind the motherboard tray.

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The HDD cage is removable and will house a pair of 3.5" drives. We also see that this is where the hardware is shipped inside of the chassis, but oddly, we never did find the third HDD location in this chassis.

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If you remove the pair of thumbscrews at the back and gently pull the cover towards the back, it will release to be lifted off. Under the cover is a section of honeycomb mesh with holes drilled for 120mm and 140mm fans. However, the gap above the motherboard is not sufficient to use a radiator here with them.

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The motherboard tray is labeled, three of the twelve holes have grommets in them, and we see twenty tie points. The CPU cooler access hole is large enough that it can be used for wire management if a Mini-ITX motherboard is fitted.

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The area for the PSU is compact due to the HDD cage location, but there is ample ventilation and a set of four rubber pads for the PSU to sit on. In the motherboard tray, there is an opening, which allows the wires to exit the central area quickly and cleanly.

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The fan in the back of the chassis is not LED, but it is 120mm in size. Both fans have long leads and are powered with a 3-pin fan connector. We can also see that the expansion slots are screwed in from the inside, and the rail of the chassis has holes in it for direct access.

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Behind the motherboard tray, just below the access hold for coolers, we see a rack for three 2.5" drives. It is spring loaded so that it forced the drives to clip into place, and can be easily wired due to its proximity to the PSU and lowest grommet for the SATA cables. As for the HDD bays, they are accessed from this side and are drilled to allow for 2.5" drive mounting as well.

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The wires from the front I/O panel are black to help them blend into the chassis once the ends are exposed. We have the power, reset, HDD LED and power LED wires, there is the HD Audio cable, and we also see the native USB 3.0 lead.

PRICING: You can find the product discussed for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:

United States: The CORSAIR Carbide SPEC-Omega Mid-Tower Gaming Case, Tempered Glass- Black retails for $159.40 at Amazon.

United Kingdom: The Corsair CC-9011121-WW Carbide SPEC-OMEGA Tempered Glass Mid-Tower ATX Gaming Case - Black retails for £119.79 at Amazon UK.

Canada: The Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-OMEGA Mid-Tower Chassis retails for $238.74 CAD at Amazon Canada.

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